The use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes has been the cause of debate in the US for several years now. Under the US federal law possession and use of marijuana for any purpose is illegal, as stated in the Controlled Substances Act.
However, cannabis use for medical purpose is legal in 33 states, with 14 other states allowing products with limited THC. Additionally, 10 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands allow recreational use of marijuana. Illinois is among the states that will legalize weed by 2020. And according to Pew Research, 6 out of 10 Americans support marijuana legalization.
According to New Frontier Data, the legal US marijuana industry rose to $10.4 billion in 2018 and has employed more than 250,000 workers directly. Washington, Colorado, and California offer the most cannabis industry jobs.
Last year also saw investments of more than $10 billion in this industry in the US as compared to just $5 billion between 2015 and 2017.
The cannabis market is predicted to grow to over $ 16 billion this year and, in the process, create even more jobs.
So, what are the hottest marijuana industry jobs to pursue in 2019?
1) Budtender Jobs in Marijuana Stores
Budtenders are the link between marijuana products and the customers who buy them. Usually employed at dispensary and pot stores, budtenders are on high demand. The job involves consulting with customers about the products effects and closing sales transactions.
Budtenders are also responsible for maintaining the store and making sure the shelves are well-stocked.
- Cannabis Verified
- Green Elephant
$12 – $15 hourly.
2) Marijuana Trimmer or Cultivator
A marijuana trimmer is a hands-on job that involves trimming, preparing, and sorting marijuana products based on the size, variety, and quality specified by the department or company in charge.
A cannabis trimmer follows approved processes of receiving, arranging, preparing, manicuring, and storing of these products to ensure quality, rotation, and accuracy is maintained.
- High Mountain Health
- Aurora Cannabis
$14 per hour
3) Marijuana Dispensary Jobs: Dispensary Manager
The Marijuana market is set to create 414,000 new jobs in the US by 2021.
Today, medical marijuana jobs make up the bulk of employment opportunities in the industry. And one of these jobs is a dispensary manager. Managing a marijuana dispensary is much like managing a regular store except that here, you will be dealing with a regulated product and therefore, have to comply with the relevant laws.
The duties of a dispensary manager are to track inventory, maintain a professional and clean work environment, manage the budtenders, ensure employees comply with state regulations, handle patient’s needs, and generally supervise day to day operations.
- Heavy Hitters
- Green Cross Health
- Pharma Cannis
$41,500 to $98,000
4) Marketing Manager in the Marijuana Industry
A marketing job in this industry involves developing and launching advertising and marketing campaigns.
You would typically also track sales data, plan meetings, and prepare performance reports.
- Packing Brothers
- Grassroots Cannabis
- Designworks Talent
$31,000 to $54,000
5) Marijuana Field Assistant Grower
Another opportunity in cannabis cultivation jobs is that of an assistant grower.
He/she assists in overseeing trimmers and lab technicians when the head grower is not there. He/she also oversees product quality and the hiring process.
- Native Roots Extracts
- Green Elephant
- Green Force
- Designworks Talent
$38,000 to $49,000
6) Extraction Director Marijuana Jobs
The job of a director of the extraction is to supervise the production/ extraction of concentrates and oils used to make the final products from the cannabis plant.
Therefore, you must have a background in chemistry and experience working in a pharmaceutical lab to qualify for this job.
- Grow OP Farms LLC.
- Temescal Wellness Inc.
- Tellus Health Corp
$72,000 to $250,000
7) Director of Cultivation Cannabis Jobs
Also known as the master or head grower, this job involves overseeing the entire process of cultivating the cannabis plant from cloning, planting, and feeding to pest management and watering.
In larger companies, the master grower manages a larger team of growers and deals with legal compliance.
“Director of cultivation is arguably the highest paying job among cannabis careers. As a qualified professional who has not just a background in agriculture but also adequate knowledge of cannabis, you can earn an average salary of up to $250,000 annual salary as a master grower. Many employers are also going for individuals who have experience in large-scale greenhouse management and operations,” says James Finney, a recruitment specialist at Goodhired.
- Cannabis Verified
- Greenthumb industries
- Lucas Group
$104, 000 to $250,000
8) Quality Control Inspector in the Cannabis Industry
The work of a quality control inspector is testing that the cannabis products comply with the laid down safety, potency, and health standards.
Quality compliance inspectors can work for either the government/ cannabis regulatory agencies or marijuana production companies.
- Crasco labs
$50,000 to $100,000
9) Laboratory Jobs in the Marijuana Industry
Another of the weed-friendly jobs is a laboratory technician.
The duties you will be performing in this position include all tasks associated with the production of cannabis products in the lab. That includes operation extraction equipment, processing concentrates, checking that the products meet standards and laws, and so forth.
- Green Revolution
- Hocking College
- Tanner Medical Center
$21,000 to $38,600
10) Sales and Customer Strategist in the Cannabis Industry
A client strategist’s job is to develop good relationships with customers and strengthen existing partnerships within the industry.
In this position, you will also be responsible for developing sales and customer care initiatives that bring in new clients.
- Leaf Link
- Leafbuyer Technologies Inc.
$39,000 to $126,000
11) Delivery of Marijuana Jobs
You can also work as a delivery person responsible for taking marijuana products to customers.
With a valid driver’s license as well as a clean driving and criminal record, this job is quite easy to secure.
- Ohana Gardens
- Williams LLC
- Fresh Mint Collective
$27,000 to $45,400
“Americans with a college degree are basically at full employment, but most Americans do not have those credentials, and their participation rates are lower than the former. The marijuana industry offers solid paying positions at all levels of experience and educational attainment,” says Nick Colas, the Co-founder of DataTrek Research.
As you can see for most jobs listed here, the majority of them don’t require that many skills or job experience. You can work full time and earn a decent income in companies that deal with legal marijuana.